Myth: Vitamins and dietary supplements need to be closely regulated because of safety concerns.
Truth: Dietary supplements are safer than everyday foods. People die every year from food poisoning or anaphlyactic shock from eating peanuts. Yet nowhere are there to be found any documented fatalities caused by dietary supplements – no death records, no life insurance claims, and no hospital records of anyone having been DOA (dead on arrival) from overdosing on vitamins.
The Poison Control Centers in the U.S. publish an annual report listing causes of death. Year after year, there have never been any deaths attributed to vitamins or dietary supplements. Oh, wait. That’s not quite true. Back in the 1980s the Poison Control Centers did attribute one death to consumption of a vitamin; but they later admitted that it was a reporting error.